(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)
Buffalo Island Central East elementary students presented a special program in recognition of Veteran's Day on Monday afternoon.
The program was under the direction of Jill Sanders.
The color guard, Thomas Cantrell, Nick Bollinger, Selena Castanon, Payne Sims, Jose Vasquez, Chelsey Harrison, Tylar Jones and Courtney Myers, and Brianna Bearden (caller), presented the colors and led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Ms. Sanders welcomed everyone with a special welcome to the visiting veterans. She read a letter from President George Bush.
"My fourth through the sixth grade students had an assignment to interview a veteran and write an essay," Sanders said. "I encouraged them to interview a veteran who was a family member or friend. I also had several veterans visit our classroom and students had the opportunity to talk to them. I want to thank the veterans for taking time to visit our classroom. They are Paul Wildy, Russell Roades, Larry Drummond, Charlie Cobbs, Joe Hultquist, and F.L. McHaney. I wish we had time to read all of the essays. Two have been chosen and will be read during the program."
Sarah Wright read her essay. She had interviewed her stepfather, Chris Feagin, who had served in Desert Storm. Jacob Sanders read his essay. He had interviewed his grandfather, Paul Wildy.
Shaun Scoggins and Gunnar James read, "What Is a Veteran."
Annah Stovall lit a candle and led the group in a moment of silence for all of the men and women who lost their lives for their country.
Jennifer Allen recognized the veterans present by having them stand and thanked them for their service.
Manila fifth and sixth grade choir, under the direction of Stacey Qualls, sang "Star Spangled Banner," "This Land Is Your Land," and "God Bless the USA" throughout the program.
Kayla Avery spoke on the origin of Veteran's Day representing the end of World War I at the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. She said the first Veteran's Day parade was held in 1947 and in 1954 the president made Veteran's Day a national celebration.
Stephanie Hill spoke of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.